Longford Town FC joins EFDN

9 July 2021

Longford Town FC joins EFDN

EFDN is pleased to announce that Longford Town FC has joined our network. The Irish club gained promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division after winning the First Division promotion play-offs in November 2020. Their mission is to be in the heart of their community and carry this out by the values of respect, acceptance of others and sustainability.

A brief history
Longford Town Football Club is an Irish professional football club playing in the League of Ireland Premier Division. The club, founded in 1924 and elected to the league in 1984 is based in Longford, County Longford and play their home matches at Strokestown Road, which for sponsorship reasons is also known as Bishopsgate. Club colours are red and black, and the club goes by the nickname ‘De Town’.

In the heart of the community
The main mission of the football club is being positioned in the heart of the community. Providing the Longford community with quality football, at all levels for players and supporters alike. We carry out our mission guided by the values of openness, respect and acceptance of others and sustainability. Local community groups have been reached and involved on match nights.

A view of Bishopsgate prior to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Longford Town and Derry City. ©Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Kevin Carberry, Community Engagement Officer at Longford Town FC states: “In the past year, the pandemic has been a tough time for many. Not deterred however, our club, through our dedicated Supporters Club have reached out to the local community and involved several groups on match nights. In the past year, we have presented Easter Eggs to the Longford Ambulance service, as well as making a presentation of food to a local care centre.”

Community institution
“By becoming a member of the European Football for Development Network, we hope to ensure our club stays to the fore of the community and local hinterland. Though engaging with the EFDN, we hope to share and gain knowledge of various community projects designed to ensure that Longford Town is more than just a football team, but a community institution.”

“From our side we hope to contribute through active engagement with the EFDN, and being able to share ideas and knowledge of any good practice.  Or as we say: ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ – There’s no strength without unity!”

Click here to find Longford Town FC’s member page

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